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The Senate’s Liberty Act Helps Close the “Backdoor”

Take the language of one NSA surveillance reauthorization bill and add a few strong reform proposals from another, and what do you get? A bill that helps protect Americans from the warrantless search of the content of their emails, text messages, and digital communications. On November 17, Senators Patrick Leahy...
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Treasury Department Concludes Fraud Investigation into ComputerCOP "Internet Safety" Software

Three years ago, EFF exposed how hundreds of law enforcement agencies were putting families at risk by distributing free ComputerCOP “Internet safety” software that actually transmitted keystrokes unencrypted to a third-party server. Our report also raised serious questions about whether the company was deceiving government agencies by circulating a...

The Stranger Unsealing

EFF is representing The Stranger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, in a petition to unseal secret government electronic surveillance dockets and requests in the Western District of Washington federal court. The petition was filed in November 2017. The government routinely asks courts around the country for electronic surveillance warrants and...

The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act Restricts Congress, Not Surveillance

The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017—legislation meant to extend government surveillance powers—squanders several opportunities for meaningful reform and, astonishingly, manages to push civil liberties backwards. The bill is a gift to the intelligence community, restricting surveillance reforms, not surveillance itself. The bill (S. 2010) was introduced October 25...

EFF Urges DHS to Abandon Social Media Surveillance and Automated “Extreme Vetting” of Immigrants

EFF is urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its programs of social media surveillance and automated “extreme vetting” of immigrants. Together, these programs have created a privacy-invading integrated system to harvest, preserve, and data-mine immigrants' social media information, including use of algorithms that sift through posts using...

Fake News & the First Amendment: The Search for Truth in a Post-Truth Age

EFF Senior Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo joins an illustrious panel of free speech experts on Thursday, Nov. 30 to discuss the complexities of the so-called "fake news" problem. As the First Amendment Coalition, the sponsor of the event, explains: The term “fake news” burst on to the scene during the...

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